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DESIGN | Are Black Finishes a Trend?

Is black going to stick around? Let's talk about it.

"When I find a colour darker than black, I'll wear it. Until then, I'm wearing black!"

Coco Chanel


Have you ever heard the saying “every room needs a touch of black?” It holds true over decades of décor trends. Black is classic, with a bit of design edge. Using black accents can really ground, finish or punch-up any palette, especially a softer, neutral one.


Black window frames, both interior and exterior have become popular lately, but the look is grounded in history. Back to medieval architecture, glass window frames started as iron and were painted black. When wood-frame windows became the more common construction, frames and sashes continued to be painted black. White frames weren’t really used until the 1840’s to accent siding colours.


We often get asked specifically about black fixtures and if they will go out of fashion. In my past life, I worked as a leader in product development for a major plumbing manufacturer. Ten years ago, my team and I championed the resurgence of designer matte black faucets and accessories. I can confidently say, the finish is here to stay.


When considering surfaces, the all-black look may not be for everyone, however, choosing black for an accent wall, lower cabinets or an island are a way to use the colour in a less extreme way.


The popularity of black fixtures, hardware, and appliances has permeated the décor world from high-end luxe to more accessible applications. Black mixes easily with other metal finishes, creating a custom look. All fixture finishes and styles come and go, but incorporating black has both practicality and longevity going for it.


Long story short, black is not a new finish and has a long standing position within design. If you like the look of black but are nervous about adding it to your space, mix it up. Black goes with everything, go ahead and use it in your fixtures, lighting, furniture, accessories, paint, or wherever your imagination takes you. You are never going to go wrong with black.



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